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"I have traveled so far and loved so much, and yet I am still following the Sun Trail, heading for my new hunting grounds."
— Gray Wing reflecting on his life in Path of Stars, page 308

Gray Wing is a sleek, dark gray tom with golden eyes,[4] and a torn ear-tip.[15]

Gray Wing was a member of Windstar's camp in the forest territories. He was born in the Ancient Tribe to Quiet Rain alongside his brother, Clear Sky. When Half Moon spoke of a new home, Gray Wing chose to stay behind; however, after his younger brother Jagged Peak left to follow the group, Gray Wing joined them on the journey. He stayed with Shadowstar's group and adopted his brother's orphaned son, Thunder. Once he realized his feelings for Turtle Tail, they became mates, and he adopted her kits, Sparrow Fur, Pebble Heart, and Owl Eyes. Gray Wing became co-leaders with Tall Shadow, but stepped down following a battle with Clear Sky and mourned Turtle Tail's death deeply. He helped defeat One Eye and Slash by drawing out battle strategies, and once his mother died, he left the pines to the moor and became mates with Slate, who had his kits, Black Ear, White Tail, and Silver Stripe. Due to his asthma developed after a fire, Gray Wing passed away after renaming the group to Clans. He ascended to StarClan, watching over his kin, and gave Windstar a life for determination and Blackstar a life for unity.


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Dawn of the Clans

"You have been like a father to so many. To Thunder, as well as to my kits. To any cat that needed comfort and guidance. No other cat is as well-loved as you, Gray Wing. You will be remembered."
―Turtle Tail's spirit to Gray Wing Path of Stars, page 2
Gray Wing is a member of the ancient Tribe. He is the son of Quiet Rain alongside his littermate, Clear Sky, and his younger siblings, Fluttering Bird and Jagged Peak. He is shown to be a gentle soul, caring deeply for his Tribemates and his family. When Stoneteller announces she decided to send some of her cats on a journey to find a new home, Quiet Rain encourages Gray Wing to leave the Tribe to due to the lack of prey, but Gray Wing decides to stay and be with her. However, when Jagged Peak sneaks out against Quiet Rain's will to follow the leaving cats, he ends up following his younger brother, and they meet up with the rest of the group. During the journey, Bright Stream is snatched away by an eagle, and Gray Wing feels responsible for her death and the death of her unborn kits. Upon arriving to the the new territories, Gray Wing claims that they should live in the moorland. However, Clear Sky leads several others, including Jagged Peak, to live in the forest instead. He becomes horrified when Clear Sky begins enforcing borders and telling his cats attack anyone trespassing into his territory. He becomes even more troubled by his brother's behavior when Clear Sky banishes Jagged Peak when the young tom's injured leg refuses to heal properly. When confronted, Clear Sky attacks Gray Wing and orders him to never return.
Gray Wing develops feelings for a rogue named Storm, despite his initial feelings for Turtle Tail. To his dismay, Storm becomes mates with Clear Sky instead and becomes pregnant with his kits. Before Gray Wing goes to visit Storm, who fled Clear Sky after discovering his violent behavior, he tries to confront Clear Sky, but is attacked by Fox, but he accidentally kills the tom. Gray Wing searches for Turtle Tail and Bumble in the Twolegplace, and Gray Wing learns that the Twoleg nest she was living in collapsed. Gray Wing and Turtle Tail find Storm and two of her kits has died in the accident. Gray Wing finds only one surviving kit, and Turtle Tail names him Thunder, in honor of his mother. He then takes Thunder to Clear Sky who, blinded by his fear of failing to protect his loved ones, disowns his son. Angered by the cat he once knew as his brother, Gray Wing takes Thunder back to the moor and raises him as his own.
On the moor, the cats are frustrated by Tall Shadow's inability to lead and insist Gray Wing should be leader. Gray Wing continues to deny this motion until Tall Shadow turns over her leadership after a fire rages through the forest, killing her brother, Moon Shadow. However, he develops asthma from smoke inhalation that festers for the rest of his life. He adopts Turtle Tail's kits, Sparrow Fur, Owl Eyes, and Pebble Heart, after their mother flees the Twolegplace from their father, Tom. Tensions continue to rise between the two groups, and Gray Wing still believes there is hope for peace with his brother. In the midst of all this, his kits are stolen by Tom. Gray Wing and Turtle Tail desperately search for their kits, but Turtle Tail is killed by a monster. Gray Wing mourns and vows to never forget her memory. At a meeting with all the leaders at four trees, a deadly battle breaks out, and Clear Sky almost kills his brother. The fight ceases when spirit cats of their fallen friends appear, warning them to release their fear and unite.
Weakened by his persistent illness, Gray Wing turns over leadership to Thunder. He grows concerned when a mysterious illness entraps the groups, with the spirit cats' only guidance is to grow and spread like the blazing star. During some time to rest and reflect at River Ripple's camp, he meets Slate, a friendly she-cat who easily trusts him. When One Eye launches his assault on them, Gray Wing expertly draws out battle plans to counter him and his rogues. He and Tall Shadow find the Blazing Star used to heal the sick cats, and Gray Wing believes they are meant to grow and spread like the five petals of the herb.
Gray Wing decides to live in the pines to be with Jagged Peak and his new family. Quiet Rain arrives, along with Moon Shadow's son, Sun Shadow, having journeyed to see her sons again before she dies. Gray Wing leaves the group to join Wind Runner's group on the moor with Slate, realizing he would be happier there and becomes mates with Slate. Star Flower, Clear Sky's new mate, is kidnapped by Slash, and Gray Wing joins the rescue effort to save the expecting queen. When he returns, Slate reveals she's expecting his kits. She later gives birth to Black Ear, White Tail, and Silver Stripe. During another peaceful meeting under the full moon, Slash's cats steal Black Ear, and Gray Wing is too frail to save him. Clear Sky and Thunder rescue him and bring him back to his family. While dying, Gray Wing declares the groups should be named Clans instead, and he names WindClan and SkyClan. Surrounded by his family, Gray Wing succumbs to his asthma and passes away peacefully. He is welcomed by his family as he walks to his new hunting grounds.

The Broken Code

Skystar: "So the rule on boundaries comes last now?"
Gray Wing: "Perhaps it should have come last all along."
—Skystar and Gray Wing on the warrior code A Light in the Mist, page 302
Gray Wing and Skystar greeting the Lights in the Mist in StarClan, revealing that he part of the group that allowed Ashfur to join StarClan. While initially against changing the warrior code, Gray Wing helps brainstorm a possibly reordering and is slightly amused when the rule about borders comes in last.

Super Editions

This section summarizes Gray Wing's significant Super Editions appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

Moth Flight: "Any cat can follow a moth."
Gray Wing: "Few cats would understand which moth will lead their Clan to safety."
Moth Flight: "I haven't led my Clan anywhere. I only brought you Wind Runner. You're going to save her, right?"
Gray Wing: "We can't save this life."
Moth Flight: "But you have to! Don't let her die!"
Gray Wing: "We can only give her our gift. Wind Runner, with this life I give you determination to bring unity to all the Clans."
—Gray Wing and Moth Flight during the first leadership ceremony Moth Flight's Vision, pages 439-440
In Moth Flight's Vision, WindClan buries Gray Wing, and Slate heavily grieves the loss of her mate. Gray Wing welcomes Moth Flight to the Moonstone and guides her to seek the other medicine cats. He and the other StarClan cats welcome the medicine cats to their half-moon meeting, and he and Turtle Tail reunite with Pebble Heart. When Moth Flight brings Wind Runner to the Moonstone in hopes they would heal her, Gray Wing grants Wind Runner her first life of determination to bring unity to all Clans.


This section summarizes Gray Wing's significant Novellas appearances. If you're looking for a full list, find one here!

"Lightning Tail truly did save you. And there is nothing more important than protecting the cats you love."
―Gray Wing to Thunderstar Thunderstar's Echo, page chapter 6
In Thunderstar's Echo, Thunderstar reflects about Gray Wing since his death, knowing that while Skystar is his father, Gray Wing was the one who raised him. Later, Gray Wing greets Lightning Tail and Thunderstar after they are killed by dogs, though tells Thunderstar that he has to return for his next life.
"Even so many generations on, they remember you. ShadowClan survives. And all the Clans will uphold the warrior code, knowing it's what makes them Clan cats."
―Gray Wing about the future of the Clans Shadowstar's Life, page chapter 10
In Shadowstar's Life, Gray Wing and Moon Shadow greet Shadowstar in StarClan after she loses her eighth life, and Gray Wing wonders what will happen to the future of ShadowClan if she loses her last one. After Shadowstar loses her final life by Quick Water, Sun Shadow and Gray Wing welcome them again in StarClan. Gray Wing reassures Shadowstar that the Clans will live on, despite SkyClan's uncertain future, but they will be reunited once again.
"With this life, I give you unity. Do all that you can to make sure every Clan is strong. Because if one Clan falls, all the Clans will be lost."
―Gray Wing to Blackfoot Blackfoot's Reckoning, page chapter 6
In Blackfoot's Reckoning, Gray Wing gives Blackfoot a life for unity to keep all the Clans strong. The ShadowClan cat reflects how he willingly supported Brokenstar as they drove WindClan out from their home.

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Killed victims

This list shows the victims Gray Wing has killed:


Gray Wing's mother is Quiet Rain. His mates are Turtle Tail and Slate, and his kits are Silver Stripe, Black Ear, and White Tail. He is also the adopted father of Thunderstar, Sparrow Fur, Pebble Heart, and Owl Eyes. For more of Gray Wing's family, click here!



Toys and Plush

Gray Wing Keychain - Discontinued

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  • Head to school in style with StarClan's Gray Wing, a cute Warrior Cats keychain.
  • Gray Wing, with his patience and love as a father to so many young cats, and his work in forming the five Clans, represents the guidance and love of StarClan—shown even more clearly in the starry pelt he wears in his keychain design.
  • Also included in a three-pack bundle with Mistystar and Firestar.
  • Approximate individual price is $7.99 USD.


Did you know Gray Wing was originally supposed to die in The Sun Trail? For more trivia about Gray Wing, click here!


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  1. Gray Wing became co-leaders with Tall Shadow, and she willingly stepped down to lead with him.[12]
  2. Gray Wing steps down and lets Thunder co-lead with Tall Shadow.[14]

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in Path of Stars, page 307
  2. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 59
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 254
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in The Sun Trail, allegiances
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in Thunder Rising, allegiances
  6. Revealed in The Blazing Star, chapter 16
  7. Revealed in A Forest Divided, page 324
  8. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 60
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 7
  10. Gray Wing mentions that he and Clear Sky were kits during the last sunny season, implying they had been born the previous year before The Sun Trail is set.[9]
  11. 11.0 11.1 Revealed in Path of Stars, pages 307-308
  12. 12.0 12.1 Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 168
  13. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 89
  14. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 13
  15. Revealed in The First Battle, page 261
  16. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 291
  17. Revealed in The Blazing Star, pages 239-240

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